Hello, I am 20 years old and have tubular breasts. I want them to be corrected and I want as much information as possible before I make the decision to do so. My goal is simply to have round breasts that look normal. I dont want anything huge, I just want to look healthy and find comfort in my own skin. I have wanted breast implants for over 2 years but I figured I would wait to see if anything would change but nothing has. Please help!
What is the Best Way to Correct my Tubular Breasts?
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Tuberous Breast Correction
The best treatment involves a periareolar approach to release the constricted base. A dual plane augmentation is used for implant placement and a periareolar lift diminishes areolar size and flattens the herniation. This can be achieved in a single surgery and give a pleasing natural result that you'll be very happy with.
Hope that helps and good luck going forward!
Tuberous breasts can have nice correction with surgery
I glad you have some thought to this issue and that you waited until you were a little bit older to have the surgery. Thanks for sending the photo. It helps a lot. Most patients with tuberous breast need several things addressed and you appear to be the same. First the fold under the breast needs to be lowered a bit, an implant is used for volume, the breast parencyma is released so it is not tight and a small lift is done,usually with the areola made a smaller diameter. With these steps, you can have a pretty result. You do not need a large implant to get a good result. However, in terms of implants, the tear drop or anatomical implants are excellent for this type of issue. Both Allergan and Mentor have silicone teardrop implants available through studies. I know that Allergan's study allows patients who are age 18 or older. Allergan also has a saline anatomic (tear drop) implant which might be good for you. Both companies can refer you to plastic surgeons who are participating in their studies. Other implants are nice as well but the teardrop has a good shape for tuberous breasts. Hope this helps.
Tracy M. Pfeifer, MD, MS
Tuberous breasts can be corrected
You have a condition that is not rare. Tuberous comes from "tuber", resembling the stem from a potato, because the breasts have a narrow, constricted appearance with a prominent areola containing most of the breast tissue.
Breast implants can greatly improve your appearance, but it is important to consider stretching or expanding the soft tissues to create a more normal breast appearnce, including releasing the tissues from inside to allow the spreading, and generally some reduction of the areolar diameter.
Sometimes it is best to consider a staged procedure with initial expansion then a second stage implant placement.
Finally, both saline filled and silicone filled implants can be utilized.
Consult with a local plastic surgeon to discuss yor options.
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Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and significant variations in breast contour are common amongst women. One of the more commonly seen breast variants is the tubular breast deformity. This is also frequently referred to as a constricted breast deformity.
The condition occurs because of constriction of the skin at the base of the breast. This often results in herniation of the breast tissue through the areola which creates a unique breast shape. The vast majority of constricted breast deformities are relatively mild and treatment may not be necessary. Severe cases of this condition occasionally occur and do require treatment because of the magnitude of the breast deformity.
A variety of approaches can be used to correct this problem. In some cases, breast lift and breast augmentation may be necessary. Treatments should be individualized based on the specifics of the anatomic deformity and the aesthetic goals of the patient.
Based on your history and pictures, I believe you probably have a mild tubular breast deformity. If you have continued concern about this issue, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon would be appropriate. This surgeon should be able to address both your unique anatomic findings and aesthetic concerns.
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A common treatment technique involves releasing constricted breast tissue underneath the protruding nipples to give your breasts a fuller, less "snoopy" shape. No breast implants are needed but you may not be happy with their size after surgery.
What is the best way to correct my tubular breasts?
Consult with a plastic surgeon well-versed in breast surgery and discuss your goals and expectations. S/he will then be able to examine and discuss the various options and assist you in deciding which decision os the right one for you, given your desires. I would expect a very pleasing result for you! Hope that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!
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